Friday, November 13, 2009

Marc Warren misses cut by one stroke

Four-way tie for lead at halfway in Hong Kong

Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen and Gregory Bourdy from France spurned the chance to establish a one-shot lead after the second round of the UBS Hong Kong Open as they both carded closing bogeys to fall into a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.
Derksen had stood on the ninth tee, his last, with a one shot lead over a chasing pack at nine under par, however he could only bogey the tough 474 yard par four hole and ended signing for a 68.
Bourdy too headed to his last hole at Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling on ten under par but could only bogey the 410yd par-4 to card a 67 that left him tied with Derksen, Charl Schwartzel and Liang Wen-chong on nine under par 131.
“I was consistent but I made a double bogey on the eighth and bogey on the 18th which was a shame with three putts,” Frenchman Bourdy admitted afterwards.
“There are plenty of positives to take into the last two rounds and if I keep playing like this I will be okay on Sunday.”
Bourdy was also caught off guard by the cold conditions in Fanling, which were in stark contrast to temperatures on the opening day.
“I didn't expect this cold when I got up this morning and didn't bring a pullover. Just at the end it got freezing and played quite long. We had some big irons to hit and you have to adapt.”
Fellow leader Derksen was left frustrated as he finished with a pair of bogeys to sour what had been a solid round. After initially double bogeying the 11th hole, his second, he replied with six birdies before his poor finish.
“I didn't play as well as yesterday and didn't drive as well which got me into trouble,” he said.
“It was a bad drive [on 11] and got punished badly, I made a good six in the end.
“You can't shoot 63 every day so I’m pleased with the score. I bogeyed the last two holes but nine was a tough hole, it was getting cold and it is a long shot into a narrow green so bogey is not a bad score.”
Derksen and Bourdy’s profligacy leaves them tied with Schwartzel and Liang Wen-chong. Schwartzel, whose last win on The European Tour came at the Madrid Masters in 2008, added a 66 to his opening round 65 to stay in the hunt.
“I am right where I want to be after two rounds,” he said
“If I can keep doing what I am doing it will be an exciting finish. I didn't start the day ideally as I three putted the first but came back well with a birdie and gave myself a lot of opportunities from then on.”
A shot back on eight under par were Rory Sabbatini and Chinnarat Phadungsil, the pair carding a 67 and 66 respectively.
Further down the leaderboard on seven under par were a group headed by defending champion Lin Wen-Tang, whose one under par 69 left him level with Scott Strange, David Dixon, YE Yang and Danny Chia.
Morning starter Chia, whose fine 66 included six birdies, also admitted conditions played more of a role than on the opening day.
“I think we had all kinds of weather over the last four days from hot to cool to cold like today,” he said.
“It definitely made a difference to how you plan for your round, but I hit a lot of fairways these two days and I guess that's the key when you play in a golf course like this.”
Rory McIlroy, currently battling with Lee Westwood for the top spot in The Race To Dubai, edged out his rival further to sit in a tie for 12th thanks to a round of 68 that leaves him six under par 134, the same mark as Ian Poulter.
McIlroy picked up two birdies over his front nine but it could have been so much better for the Holywood, Belfast golfer. He missed a 2ft birdie putt at the ninth before lipping out from only 6ft at the 12th.
The 20 year old holds a two stroke advantage over Westwood, who managed a par round of 70 to sit four under par overall, and is looking to further increase his advantage heading into the weekend.
“I am in the tournament and I can get right in there if I shoot a good front nine [on Saturday],” he said.
“I played really well, the putts just stopped dropping on the back nine.”
First round leader Udorn Duangdecha tumbled down the leaderboard as the Thai failed to capitalise on his storming 62 with a four-over-par 74 that included four bogeys and a double-bogey.
Meanwhile, 15-year-old Hong Kong amateur Jason Hak made the cut for a second successive year after carding a second round three-under-par 67.
Last year, playing in his first European Tour event, Hak became the youngster player to make the cut in European Tour history after beating Sergio Garcia’s record which had stood for 13 years. His three-under-par total will comfortably secure a berth over the weekend.
“I enjoyed today very much,” he said.
“My iron shots were great, but I think I need to work on my putting. Over the weekend I will try and enjoy playing with the international stars and use the same game plan.”
Over a shortish course, less than 7,00yd, with a par of 70, players had to shoot two-under-par 138 or better to qualify for the weekend action. Anglo-Scot Scott Drummond cruised through with rounds of 69 and 67 for 136.
Colin Montgomerie (69-69) and Simon Yates (70-68) made it with nothing to spare on 138 but Marc Warren missed out by one stroke with scores of 68 and 71 for 139. Former major title winner Mark O'Meara was a big-name failure with 66 and 75 for 141.
Par 140 (2x70)
131 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 63 68, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 65 66, Wen-chong Liang (Chn) 66 65, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 64 67
132 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 65 67, Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) 66 66.
133 David Dixon 64 69, Scott Strange (Aus) 68 65, Wen-Tang Lin (Tpe) 64 69, Yong-eun Yang (Kor) 66 67, Danny Chia (Mal) 67 66
134 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 66 68, Wei Chih Lu (Tha) 65 69, Rhys Davies 65 69, Peter Lawrie 66 68, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind) 65 69, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 66 68, Rory McIlroy 66 68, Ian Poulter 68 66, Airil-Rizman Zahari (Mal) 68 66, Mark Foster 65 69
135 Graeme McDowell 67 68, David Howell 69 66, Mars Pucay (Phi) 68 67, Simon Dyson 68 67, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 68 67, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 64 71, Jason Knutzon (USA) 68 67, Graeme Storm 68 67, Anthony Kang (USA) 69 66, Kiradech Aphibamrat (Tha) 68 67, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 70 65, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 66 69
136 Shiv Kapur (Ind) 68 68, Lian-Wei Zhang (Chn) 67 69, Scott Drummond 69 67, Darren Clarke 69 67, Udorn Duangdecha (Tha) 62 74, Mardan Mamat (Sin) 68 68, Andrew McLardy (Rsa) 68 68, Tony Carolan (Aus) 65 71, Lee Westwood 66 70
137 Rahil Gangjee (Ind) 67 70, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 69 68, Ben Curtis (USA) 65 72, Simon Khan 67 70, Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) 67 70, Marcus Both (Aus) 70 67, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 68 69, Shun yat jason Hak (Hkg) (am) 70 67, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 67 70, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 69 68, Bradley Dredge 66 71
138 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 71 67, Ter-Chang Wang (Tpe) 66 72, Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 71 67, Darren Beck (Aus) 68 70, Anders Hansen (Den) 68 70, Colin Montgomerie 69 69, Simon Yates 70 68, Chih-bing Lam (Sin) 71 67, Chawalit Plaphol (Tha) 71 67, Iain Steel (Mal) 68 70, Kodai Ichihara (Jpn) 65 73, Markus Brier (Aut) 70 68, Jamie Donaldson 69 69, Pablo Martin (Spa) 69 69
139 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 71 68, Sung Lee (Pkr) 73 66, Inn-choon Hwang (Kor) 72 67, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 70 69, Neven Basic (Aus) 71 68, Unho Park (Aus) 67 72, Simon Griffiths 70 69, Mark Brown (Nzl) 68 71, Taichiro Kiyota (Jpn) 68 71, Hendrik Buhrmann (Rsa) 70 69, Marc Warren 68 71, Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 68 71, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 68 71, James Kamte (Rsa) 68 71, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 70 69
140 Anton Haig (Rsa) 67 73, David Gleeson (Aus) 72 68, Robert Dinwiddie 67 73, Jean Van de Velde (Fra) 70 70, Chris Rodgers 68 72, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 72 68, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 71 69, Keith Horne (Rsa) 68 72, Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 66 74
141 Bryan Saltus (USA) 71 70, Derek Fung (Hkg) 71 70, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 73 68, Kenneth Ferrie 67 74, Oliver Fisher 72 69, Scott Hend (Aus) 71 70, Stephen Dodd 70 71, Mark O'Meara (USA) 66 75, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 70 71, David Bransdon (Aus) 69 72, Michael Hoey 73 68, Gregory Havret (Fra) 68 73
142 Jeppe Huldahl (Den) 71 71, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 71 71, Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 74 68, Oliver Wilson 70 72, Tano Goya (Arg) 70 72, Joong Kyung Mo (Kor) 71 71
143 Gaurav Ghei (Ind) 69 74, Somkiat Srisa-nga (Tha) 73 70, Rafael Echenique (Arg) 73 70, Johan Edfors (Swe) 69 74, Daniel Nisbet (Aus) 73 70, Scott Barr (Aus) 71 72, Artemio-hiromasa Murakami (Phi) 70 73, Angelo Que (Phi) 73 70, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 71 72
144 Nicholas Redfern 72 72, C Muniyappa (Ind) 73 71, Oskar Henningsson (Swe) 73 71, Thomas Levet (Fra) 71 73
145 Danny Lee (Nzl) 70 75, Digvijay Singh (Ind) 76 69
146 Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 75 71, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 70 76, Prom Meesawat (Tha) 75 71, Antonio Lascuna (Phi) 76 70
147 Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 72 75, Guido Van Der Valk (Ned) 75 72, Gavin Flint (Aus) 73 74
148 Shing chi Tang (Hkg) 74 74, Kane Webber (Aus) 76 72
149 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 75 74
150 Shane Lowry 72 78, Jovick Lee (Hkg) 74 76
151 William Fung wai kuen (Hkg) 72 79
152 Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 77 75
153 Grant Gibson (Hkg) 77 76
156 Steven Lam (Hkg) 78 78
158 Man Lok Lee (Hkg) 75 83
160 Woon Man Wong (Hkg) 80 80
Withdrew: Mitchell Brown (Aus) 78, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 77



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